Emergency financial assistance available to help with Hurricane Laura recovery efforts

Parts of Deep East Texas are still recovering from Hurricane Laura. One organization continues to help those with emergency needs but the deadline to apply is the end of this month.

Emergency financial assistance available to help with Hurricane Laura recovery efforts

SABINE COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - Parts of Deep East Texas are still recovering from Hurricane Laura. Many along the Toledo Bend Reservoir and Sabine River were hit the hardest. One organization continues to help those with emergency needs but the deadline to apply is the end of this month.

Kay Simpson and her husband had lived in this house in Sabine County since 2007 but that changed when a tree fell on their home during Hurricane Laura.

“He walked into the hall, he looked, and he said, ‘come see our new skylight in the front bedroom,’” Kay Simpson said. “It knocked the trusses in the roof out and it shifted the foundation walls.”

Their home was deemed a total loss. She says they called their insurance agency, then the American Red Cross for help.

“They checked all aspects in the interview,” Simpson said. “If we had food, water, if we needed gas money, medical attention, or anything like that. We felt like they were here.”

“This financial assistance is a way to help them to be able to meet some of the immediate needs they may have” said Chester Jourdan, the Executive Director for the Southeast and Deep East Texas chapter of the American Red Cross.

With the help of donors, charities, various organizations and church groups, the American Red Cross continues to provide emergency assistance to those whose homes or apartments were destroyed or sustained major damage from Hurricane Laura.

“It really is about what else can we do,” Jourdan said. “We also look at things like have you lost your prescription drugs, glasses, are you disabled, have you lost your wheelchair and all sorts of things.”

Jourdan says nearly 600 homes sustained major damage or were destroyed in the chapter.

“We know we’ll continue to be at this for a little while and continue to provide that assistance,” he said.

The Simpson’s says they were fortunate enough to get a lot of items out of their home to rebuild, but they say they are appreciative of the help from the community and the American Red Cross.

“It’s hard to ask for help when you’ve pretty much been on the other end of it,” Kay Simpson said. “They are just there to meet any need that you may have.”

This financial assistance will allow people to make their own decisions and prioritize what their family needs most to start recovering. Funds can help families replace clothes or food, offset transportation costs, or support any other immediate need.

The deadline to apply is October 31, 2020.

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